Improve your career prospects or make a start on a future in research with Honours

Give yourself a competitive edge in the employment marketplace or as you strive towards an academic career.

If you have a GPA of 5.0 and above over your 2nd and 3rd year courses, you are eligible to apply to undertake Honours year.

Honours is a one-year full-time (or two year part-time) academic program in which you will undertake 30CP of course work, and focus on the completion of a substantial (50CP) research project of your choice under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Honours students are able to either undertake a traditional research dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words, or a creative research or professional practice project and a minor dissertation or exegesis of 5,500-7,500 words.


In the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) you will be required to declare a major on the basis of the nature of your research, you can choose from:

  • Humanities Research
  • Media and Communications Research
  • Journalism Research
  • Languages and Linguistics Research
  • Social Science Research
  • Archaeological Research (offered at Nathan only)
  • Creative Research
Alinta Krauth Griffith Alumnus

Get the Honours advantage

An Honours degree can give you an employability advantage when entering the job market, or set you up for further tertiary study. The HLSS Honours programs are designed to help you to develop your knowledge and skills as a researcher, and the capabilities to apply these in professional and academic settings.

During your Honours year, you will undertake independent research, under the supervision of one or more academics with expertise in your chosen field of study. Your dissertation, or creative research or professional practice project, will be developed in consultation with your supervisor/s, in a way that aligns with their expertise. Your independent supervised research will be supplemented by coursework subjects that are designed to support your development as a researcher. You can also take advantage of work-integrated learning opportunities. This makes Honours a great way to consolidate the knowledge and skills acquired through your undergraduate studies, and to open new academic and professional possibilities.

Image: Alinta Krauth, Bachelor of Arts Honours, Digital artist

Honour steps

Steps to Honours

  • Check your grades
  • Clarify your eligibility and check admission requirements with the Student Administration Centre
  • Choose a topic and select your coursework component of the program
  • Find a supervisor from our list of academic experts in the School
  • Apply to the Honours program

For more information on the Honours program, explore our Bachelor Honours Degree Policy, our guidelines for undertaking a research program, and visit the program page.

Image (right): Current Honours student, Alex Stilianos

Academic Pathway

Academic Pathway

As well as gaining the key skills required by a wide range of employers, successfully completing Honours to a high standard will open up a pathway for you to undertake a Higher Degree by Research.

A Griffith University Higher Degree by Research can set you apart as an expert in your chosen discipline or field of study, and can set you up for a rewarding research-oriented career in academia, or government, community or private sectors.

You may also be eligible for a Higher Degree by Research Scholarship after completing your Honours degree. Find out more about research degree scholarships on the Research study website

Image: Dr Zoe Fraser, Bachelor of Arts Honours, PhD

HLSS Employability


In addition to advanced knowledge of your chosen subject area, the HLSS Honours program will equip you with highly-transferrable skills that will enable you to adapt to a constantly-changing labour market. The skills you can expect to gain during the Honours program include:

  • Identify and provide solutions to complex problems
  • Apply different theories and research methods to real-world issues
  • Apply critical thinking and analysis techniques
  • Design, execute and complete a significant research project
  • Manage a research project and manage your own time effectively
  • Communicate advanced knowledge to a variety of audiences
  • Exercise critical judgement in assessing and utilising resources to present and defend an argument

These abilities will enhance your overall employability in a competitive job market.

Image: Donisha Duff, Bachelor of Arts Honours, Chief Operations Officer at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

HLSS Supervisors

Find supervisors with similar research interests.


For further information, contact Dr Samid Suliman.

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Want to take your Honours degree further?

Find out more: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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